My friend Lisa loves reading J.D. Robb’s books. As soon as a new book is published she races to the store to buy it. The other day, while perusing the audio books in the library, I saw Purity in Death by J.D. Robb. I had no ides that J.D. Robb was actually Nora Roberts. Apparently, when Roberts was “ready for a new challenge” she started writing these exciting mysteries under a different name. Although the first book in the Death Series, which takes place in the year 2058 was published in 1995, it was not until 2001 when the 12th book in the series, Betrayal in Death was published that her real identity was revealed.
Purity in Death is the 15th book in the series. The protagonist in the series is Detective Eve Dallas. Eve is a tough cop and is married to the sexy, charming Roarke. When Louie Cogburn, a low life drug dealer goes crazy and begins beating up one of his neighbors with a baseball bat, attempts to kill a police officer and ends up dead himself, Detective Dallas is called to the scene. On the computer screen in Cogburn’s apartment are the words. ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED. When a second man goes crazy and dies under the same circumstances and the words ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED appear on his computer screen Detective Dallas suspects that someone has developed a computer virus that is spread from computer to man and is targeting drug dealers, child molesters and others that they believe the world would be better without. Unfortunately innocent bystanders are also getting killed and Eve, along with the help of Rourke and several others must solve this case before more people are killed.
To date there are 36 novels in the Death Series and each one has been a New York Times Bestseller. After reading just one, I understand why! I absolutely loved listening to Purity in Death. Throughout the book, there are references to Eve’s troubled past and I can’t wait to learn more about her. I have already reserved Purity in Death, the first of the series and hope to read the other 35, this time in order as Lisa had recommended.